Sir Leon Simon
Sir Leon Simon
by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, February 1944
Given by Walter Stoneman, 1951
Sitterback to top
- Sir Leon Simon (1881-1965), President of Israel Post Office Bank and Chairman of the Executive Council of Hebrew, University of Jerusalem. Sitter in 3 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Walter Stoneman (1876-1958), Photographer. Artist associated with 18527 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.
Events of 1944back to top
Current affairsLondon is hit by the V1 Flying Bomb. This weapon, developed by the German Luftwaffe and colloquially known as the 'Buzz Bomb', or 'Doodlebug', was the first guided missile and was used for attacks on targets in England and Belgium.
Art and scienceLaurence Olivier's epic film version of Henry V is released. Olivier directed and starred in the film, which was partly funded by the British government in recognition of its morale-boosting patriotic appeal. The cast included service men as Henry's army.
InternationalFrance is liberated from German-occupation following the Battle for Normandy. Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of occupied-France led by Field Marshall Montgomery, was the largest seaborne invasion in history, involving almost three million soldiers crossing the channel from England to France. Troops landed on the 6th June (D-Day), and Paris was liberated in late August.
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